April 16, 2010

Beach House Bath - Painted White Tiles & Closet Markers

Welcome to my Beach House Bath.  One of my favorite bloggers, Sarah over at a beach cottage, was blogging about painting bathroom tiles and asked for comments if you've tried this before - I've taken the plunge - many times.

Here's my bathroom now after a complete makeover on a tight budget a few years ago.  No before photos - but it was built in the 1940's so you can imagine it was really tired.  The tiles in the shower  and on the countertop were peachy/pink with grey trim and we painted them white - you cannot tell that they are not original white tiles.  They are in perfect condition, they clean up with Windex, and they look just as new and fresh as real white tiles look.  I swear, you cannot tell.  Even in the shower, they're new and fresh every single day.  EVERYONE is shocked when I tell them they're painted.

Built in the 1940's, original heater heats up { your legs } instantly - we took off the chrome plate, cleaned and polished it and left it - why not?

Added a curved shower rod which is surprisingly more roomy -

These floor tiles were in the tile store's stock room - saved money by not having special order - we did it all ourselves - easy enough and didn't take long -

True 40's tub - looks brand new -

This photo - I'm in the bathroom you can see the closed door with a long mirror on it.  The star mirror is over the toilet.

Of course, a Chandelier -

Snapped the linen closet which is right outside the bathroom in a joke of a hallway - and I hope you can see the markers.  Right after we got married we went to Lake Tahoe, where we did some antiquing and junking.  Mr bh found these really old linen closet markers that are etched on mirror backing and we bought them for our "home we would one day have." I was impressed that he appreciated details like that.  

I came home pregnant.



There's a Guest Towel marker too and I love them.  

In the past, I've painted ugly dark tan bumpy tiles white, never had a chipping peeling problem, even with the bumps.  Our little bathroom had a horrible yellowish/greenish marble counter top that I also painted.  It's been 15 years, and just recently I saw a few chips, decided I should probably redo it, but I haven't yet.  It's not THAT bad.  That was before they made special paint for this so I used epoxy appliance paint.  It worked.

Oh - and I always spray the paint to avoid brush streaks - just sayin.

Now, I gotta get back to applying strands of rhinestones to large shells for Jen's Beach Wedding.

Take care - have a great weekend, we're shopping for shoes and doing some cake testing - thank heavens because Jen and I are starving.

I'm joining the party at Cindy's Show and Tell Friday 


  1. OMGOSH...these painted tiles are amazing. I have seen the tile paint in the stores but never tried it. You did a great job. NOW...if I could just find out how to paint formica kitchen counter tops, I would be happy!! :))
    Thanks for this great post..

  2. In love with this! And those markers! Oh my word! No wonder you came back pg! lol

  3. Really love those little markers in the linen closet, they look great!!!

  4. Those tiles look amazing! I would never have quessed! Love those vintage markers too! Your bathroom is so gorgeous! Love all the white!

    Thanks for sharing and have fun shopping and eating!


  5. Dear Marsha,
    Thank you so much for this post! We have 1940's pink bath complete with a tub just like yours. It's super tiny too. I've been trying to convince my DB of doing this yet, he keeps saying it won't hold up and will look painted.

    I know that your are so busy with the wedding at the moment but after I'd would greatly appreciate any tips and product recommendations you have so I can do this. It simply is a must do!

  6. It looks amazing! And I love the chandelier. Cheers to the power of paint and lighting!

  7. Wow Ms. M....this is all wonderful! Thanks for sharing the tips. FAB! FAB! FAB!


  8. Oh, you say they actually sell tile paint...I didn't know that. I do have a 60's bath which was an add on to our 40's home. The tile is a pink with a purple trim and it would be nice to paint it. It is such a small bathroom, however and I don't know if I would like all that white--My tiles are in the tub area and are in the entire bathroom. They go about 4 feet high outside of the bath tub area. At least I know I have some options.

    nannykim from http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com
    (I have more than one blog so it gets confusing)

  9. Wonderful bathroon redo. Looks charming, fresh and clean. I love the linen closet markers. They are so adorable.

  10. Hi Marsha,
    This is BEAUTIFUL !! Your home is soo beachy looking .. I can almost smell the ocean .. Love the crisp white fresh look .. Love those linen tags too .. I want to wish you a wonderful week end, and soo hope you are getting all the wedding stuff done ... how fun that will be .. PERFECT !! I'm sure ~
    hugs ~tea~xo

  11. Ok you've convinced me - it's out with our aqua/tan tiles in the ensuite and our peach/tan tiles in the bathroom and in with the white. Thanks, this was the confirmation I needed to do it!

  12. That is so cool I had no idea painted tiles can look so good....what kind of paint? and the markers wow....what husband does that? very smart ones! i have an awful upstairs bathroom that needs new tiles, this just might be the answer! thanks for stopping by my house.

  13. The Markers are cute but the story that goes with them is even sweeter.

  14. Your bathroom is gorgeous , you did a wonderful job. I just found your blog and I love it!!!!


  15. I love what you have done to this bathroom! And I wish I had old tiles to paint - we have that plastic stuff, YUK! But my daughter has tiles and they are in need of paint, I will share your post with her! Thanks for the tips!

  16. I have heard of people painting tile but have never seen it! It looks fantastic. Nicely done.

  17. I love it all!!!
    It looks so simple and so cute!!
    One very happy little bathroom:)

  18. Hi Marsha,
    Your tile painting is brilliant and so successful. I haven't done it myself but quite a few friends have and it has been fine.... and, I love the old linen closet markers.
    Looks as if the wedding preparations are going well.Have a lovely week. XXXX

  19. Marsha your blog and your home are gorgeous. Sure to follow and see more.

  20. It looks great, did you paint your tub too? When you get a chance can you give more details on the paint that you used and how did you spray it on? I love it and my bathroom is in desperate need of this but I want to make sure I do it right!

  21. what a gorgeous home you have!!!

  22. Your beach bath is adorable, and wow, I've never tried painting bath tiles before. You did a wonderful job!

  23. I am obsessing over those markers. What a fantastic find!

  24. Marsha, has anyone told you, today, that you are amazing? Well, YOU are amazing, dear heart! Your creativity and imagination truly inspire me! I love seeing all of the projects that you have put into action. Those little shelf markers are just so precious! How adorable that your husband was the one who discovered them. Wonderful!

    We had a wonderful weekend away with our girls. The wedding was a lot of fun! I cherish the time that we all have together because I know that the older they get, the harder it will be to get everyone together.

    Sounds like the wedding plans are getting down to the final details! What kind of cake did you and Jen decide on?

    Hugs and love,

  25. HI Marsha! I'm so happy to know more about painted tiles because I was hesitating to paint mine here in the kitchen. Now, I might change my mind!!! I'll be your next follower and what a beautiful blog you have!

  26. Hi Marsha! Your blog is wonderful and your home full of fantastic details! I love the way you hav done your bathroom make over - never heard before of tile painting!!!!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Ah! of course I'm a new follower!

  27. Oh it's just beautiful. Fresh, elegant, bright beautiful!!!

  28. Very pretty! I just found you when looking for looking for bathroom ideas!Lovely!
    Take care

  29. Love your blog!!!
    Just came over from Beach House Living because I liked your blog name and so glad I did :)
    I'll be back :)
    Come over for a visit when you get a chance.

  30. Hey there! I just came over from Beach House Living too, and for the same reason. I like your blog name! Thanks so much for the tile tip, and for the inspiration of your beautiful blog. :)

  31. I cannot believe that those tiles are painted! That is amazing!! Such a cute, fresh bathroom...and the markers, those are precious! I think I would have come home pregnant too. lol!!! If you ever have time to email me, I'd love to know where in Tahoe you go antiquing/junking(sp?)...I take my girls every summer, but I don't know where to go for good vintage stuff.

  32. That is so impressive, elegant and comfortable - hard to believe that is paint on the tiles. Just adore the linen markers - I have a 15" linen closet (this house started life as a fishing shack and I guess they didn't care) and it certainly encourages careful editing...

  33. Hi Marsha!

    Just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you and hoping that all is well! The wedding is getting so close! You must be so busy and excited! Enjoy every moment!


  34. Wow, what a brilliant job you have done with your bathroom! Well done, I'm totally sold! :-)

  35. I have been looking and thinking for several months of "How can I paint my tiles" in the bathroom? and the counter top!
    Thank you so much for letting me know, "It can be done"....
    Beautiful Bath you have there! Mine is in the process of becoming 'White'.. the vanity was painted yesterday,, thanks to you, "Now the tiles"... whoohoo!


  36. I just found your blog & it's amazing! The white, crystal chandeliers, aqua blue jars . . . all of my favorite things. I look forward to reading more.

  37. I just adore your blog. Love your white country cottage style! & your photography is STUNNING!

    Wondering if you'd be interested in a link exchange??? Would love it if you'd check out my blog and let me know what you think!



  38. MAZEL TOV, MAZEL TOV, MAZEL TOV!!!! I thought about you this past weekend and your daughter's wedding!!! Marsha, I want DETAILS when you come down from the cloud that you must be floating on:)

    May your daughter and her groom spend many years finding health, love and happiness with one another! And may they give you lots of grandbabies;)

    Much love and many blessings,

  39. My husband and I decided to have our own personal bathroom renovated. Last week, we visited our local store that specializes with tiles and flooring(Sarasota based). They gave us useful tips on the over-all design of the walls and the flooring tiles. The other day, they delivered the (Sarasota) tiles. I am so impressed with the products. I can't hardly wait for the contractors to finish the whole renovation. By the way, I admire the white concept of your bathroom. It looks clean and breezy- very refreshing! Thanks for the great post!

  40. What a lovely bathroom, love all the white. You have a beautiful blog, so glad I stumbled across it! Our home, in Brisbane Australia, has a mid-century modern vibe - but we have a small beach house down the coast that I am going to start renovating in a few months - I believe I have just found my inspiration. Look forward to your next post (love your style). Michelle

  41. oh boy, honey~~
    i sure wish that my linen closet looked that organized!!!
    what a crisp and clean, beautiful bathroom!
    happy weekend!

  42. looks like all kinds of busy things going on at your place,

    those closet markers are gorgeous

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